Mid-America Regional Council
Request for Proposal
Phase II Compatible
E9-1-1 Equipment and Software
600 BROADWAY, SUITE 300
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 64105-1554
MID-AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
E9-1-1 EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. General Introduction .................................................................................................................5
2. Background ...............................................................................................................................7
3. General System Requirements ..................................................................................................8
4. Global CPE System Requirements ............................................................................................9
5. Specific E9-1-1 CPE Requirements ........................................................................................11
6. Maintenance ............................................................................................................................18
7. Warranty .................................................................................................................................21
8. System Documentation/Manuals.............................................................................................23
10. Removal of Existing Equipment .............................................................................................24
11. Proposed Implementation Schedule ........................................................................................24
12. Delivery & Installation............................................................................................................24
13. New Equipment Inventory......................................................................................................24
14. Deliverables ............................................................................................................................25
15. Proposal Requirements............................................................................................................25
16. Terms and Conditions .............................................................................................................27
17. Evaluation Process ..................................................................................................................31
18. Budget and Payments ..............................................................................................................33
19. Schedule Outline .....................................................................................................................34
Proposal Certification Statement ....................................................................................................35
Bidder Price Response Form ..........................................................................................................37
Bidder Lease Price Response Form................................................................................................38
Attachment 1: Public Safety Answering Points ..............................................................................39
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is interested in receiving proposals for the provision
and installation of Phase II compatible E9-1-1 equipment. Call Greg Ballentine at (816) 474-4240
for copies of the request for proposals.
An Equal Opportunity Organization M/F/H
DATE: April 11, 2001
TO: Invited Parties
FROM: Greg Ballentine, 9-1-1 Manager
SUBJECT: Phase II Compatible E9-1-1 Equipment
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to
provide and install Phase II compatible E9-1-1 equipment for the Kansas City regional 9-1-1
system. Equipment manufacturers and distributors interested in receiving a copy of a request for
proposal (RFP) should call the 9-1-1 staff at (816) 474-4240.
To be considered for this engagement, your firm must meet the qualifications and satisfy the
requirements set forth in the RFP. Completed proposals must be received by 12:00 Noon, CDT,
on July 2, 2001 at the following address:
Mid-America Regional Council
ATTN: Greg Ballentine
600 Broadway, Suite 300
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-1554
Minority and female owned businesses are encouraged to respond to this solicitation. Any joint
ventures or disadvantaged business enterprises should clearly state such in submission of their
All questions and correspondence should be directed to Greg Ballentine, 9-1-1 Manager in writing
at the above address or by calling (816) 474-4240.
MID-AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
E9-1-1 EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE
1.0 General Introduction
The Mid-America Regional Council 9-1-1 Program (herein after MARC) is soliciting written
proposals for the immediate selection of Phase II compatible E9-1-1 equipment for installation at
the region's various Public Safety Answering Points (hereinafter PSAPs). The selected vendor
will provide upgrade, implementation, and long-term maintenance support for the PSAPs.
MARC serves as the association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning
organization for the bistate Kansas City region. MARC committees and staff address a wide
range of issues, including transportation, aging services, emergency and public safety, air
quality, solid waste, recreational and cultural amenities, child care, groundwater protection, and
economic demographic research. MARC is coordinating this activity in its capacity as facilitator
of the Kansas City regional 9-1-1 system.
MARC is soliciting responses from qualified Vendors to this Request for Proposal (hereinafter
RFP) as to their solution to provide and fully implement Customer Premise Equipment
(hereinafter CPE) that would meet the region's needs of providing Automatic Number
Identification (hereinafter ANI) and Phase II E9-1-1 services capable of displaying wireless and
wireline Automatic Location Identification (hereinafter ALI) onto a street grid map from the
ALI, initiated from a 9-1-1 call. This solution shall also provide each of the 39 PSAPs with the
software and training necessary to displaying wireless and wireline ANI/ALI.
MARC's 39 Public Safety Answering Points may purchase other fully compatible hardware and
software options to the main system as system enhancements at their discretion and with the final
approval by the 9-1-1 Coordinating Committee.
The selected Vendor will be well established in the design and delivery of public safety E9-1-1
CPE and have the immediate ability to offer solutions and provide viable options towards
implementing this system. The Vendor must have the products and technical expertise to install,
implement, and maintain this CPE. The selected Vendor will be capable of providing a system
that has the ability to automatically generate a map display initiated by the ALI received when a
9-1-1 call is placed to the PSAP. This display will be generated from the ALI address or the
location coordinates provided in the ALI data stream.
MARC extends an invitation to your company to submit a written proposal to provide Phase II
compatible E9-1-1 CPE system that includes the following:
• Systems design
• Computer and telephone hardware
• Project management
Proposals are for the development and installation of a comprehensive, fully integrated,
interactive CPE system. The system being sought must provide state of the art technology that
will satisfy the present needs of the Kansas City Regional 9-1-1 System, as defined by MARC,
and be capable of adapting to existing supplemental and future technological advances in the
realm of E9-1-1 GIS integration. The Vendor should address the requirements for day-to-day
operation with the appropriate capabilities, as well as the ongoing operational and management
needs for the proposed system.
MARC is seeking Vendors that employ the latest technological advances in the field of public
safety and who are forward thinking in their approach to complex problem solving. The intent is
to acquire and administer a single E9-1-1 CPE system across the Kansas City region. MARC is
seeking to enter into a contract with the most qualified Vendor who can meet or exceed the
requirements of this RFP.
It is the desire of MARC to develop a fully integrated system that will provide superior
geographic location technology, while allowing for the continued enhancement of that system.
In planning for the future, MARC intends to work in partnership with the selected vendor, the 9-
1-1 Service Provider and all of the PSAP managers in the region towards implementing this
Vendors are advised that MARC 9-1-1 staff will serve as the single point of contact between the
Vendor and the region during the procurement process. Vendors are strongly discouraged from
contacting any other person(s) involved, directly or indirectly, with this procurement.
2.1. Phase II Wireless
The Federal Communications Commission (hereinafter FCC) has issued dockets requiring
wireless carriers to provide location information from wireless calls to be generated and
provided to the PSAPs. There are two phases of these requirements. Phase I requires the
wireless carrier to relay the caller’s Automatic Number Identification (hereinafter ANI) and
the location of the base station or cell site receiving a 9-1-1 call to the PSAP, through the use
of “psuedo-ANI” (hereinafter pANI). The caller’s ANI identifies the caller and the pANI
identifies the cell site or cell site sector. The call is then direct trunked to a selective router
where the pANI is used to look up routing codes to route the call to the geographically
appropriate PSAP. FCC Phase II will require wireless carriers to provide ALI on 9-1-1 calls.
The ALI provided by wireless carriers will be in the form of location coordinates: latitude,
longitude, and altitude (x, y, and z). These coordinates will be essential in routing the caller
to the correct PSAP. The PSAP receiving the call must then have a mapping solution in
place that can receive those coordinates and return a map projection depicting the caller’s
location on a street grid.
The MARC 9-1-1 Program has identified the need to have in place a region wide mapping
system which will not only comply with the FCC Phase II Wireless mandate, but will also
enhance the region’s current wireline technologies by providing an automatic map display
based on location coordinates as well as site addresses originating from the ALI
accompanying a 9-1-1 call. This system will function in a multiple PSAP environment.
Once a Vendor is selected, it is the intent of MARC to conduct a pilot project with a selected
PSAP or PSAPs. Upon successful completion of this pilot project, the Vendor will continue
with the installation and implementation with the remaining PSAPs. MARC expects to have
the region-wide system installed and fully functional by early 2002.
2.2 Current Status
The Kansas City regional 9-1-1 System has 39 primary and secondary PSAPs in 8 counties
serving an estimated 1.8 million residents. Several PSAPs contract with other jurisdictions
for call-taking and dispatch services. The PSAPs are equipped with a variety of CPE
including Plant and TCI. All TCI installations are operated in the Automatic Call
Distribution (hereinafter ACD) manner.
2.3 Public Safety Answering Points
The 9-1-1 answering points operating within the Kansas City Regional 9-1-1 system and
covered by this request for proposal are listed in an attachment. The attachment includes
information on the current number of answering positions and 9-1-1 trunks.
Each PSAP is currently connected to a 9-1-1 selective router operated by Southwestern Bell
Telephone Company. All counties in the Kansas City metropolitan region have multiple
3.0 GENERAL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
3.1. This section delineates in detail the specific functions required of the CPE system
requested. It does not describe how a proposed system is to implement these
functions, as each Vendor's system will be unique in that respect. It is important,
however, that the Vendor describes how their system implements the functions, i.e.,
how their system will operate. System design that allows a central or hosted
application and permits server and controller sharing among multiple PSAPs will be
considered. In this system design segregation and protection of data, reports, access
and administration must be provided.
3.2. The purpose of the information provided in this document is to assist the Vendor in
the preparation of the proposal. The RFP is designed to provide interested Vendors
with sufficient basic information to submit proposals meeting minimum requirements,
but is not intended to limit a proposal’s content or to exclude specifications to
evidence service capability under any proposal.
3.3. The primary goal of these specifications is to provide a complete and satisfactory
operating Phase II compatible Enhanced 9-1-1 Emergency Communications System,
with ANI and ALI for each Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) described in this
document no later than March 2002.
3.4. The Vendor shall propose a CPE and software solution that has the capability to
ensure reliability, availability, and access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The
Vendor must detail the required hardware configuration to support the proposed CPE
and mapping solution.
3.5. MARC, which is managing this project, is releasing the RFP to solicit turnkey
proposals for the design, installation, service and maintenance of Enhanced 9-1-1
Public Safety Answering equipment. The project includes the replacement of 39
existing PSAPs. No database or network services are being sought as a part of this
process. A bidder must insure that their installation and cutover plan for the new
Enhanced 9-1-1 CPE will not cause an interruption, deviation or degradation of the
3.6. Vendors shall also list all exceptions to the functions specified in this RFP. Failure to
do so may be cause for disqualification, or MARC may direct the Vendor, if selected,
to implement the missing features at no cost to the regional 9-1-1 system participants.
This section also describes general requirements that define the system environment
sought by MARC, such as security features, and user interfaces.
3.7. Any proposed E9-1-1 CPE and Call Reporting Statistical System must fully integrate
with all existing PSAP CAD Systems.
4. Global CPE System Requirements
Global CPE system expectations are those that apply to or affect all areas of the Kansas City
regional 9-1-1 system. There are a number of global CPE requirements that span all the
major and technical project areas, including those mentioned below. Vendors submitting a
response shall ensure that their solution will meet the following mandatory requirements:
4.1. This system must function in all counties where there are multiple PSAPS.
4.2. Contractor shall be responsible for providing a complete Enhanced 9-1-1 system
providing ANI and ALI along with the functions specified in this document.
Responsibility shall include all equipment, installation, maintenance, and training
needed to provide the region with a fully operational Enhanced 9-1-1 system.
4.3. No Single Point of Failure shall render the system non-functional. Vendor shall cite
knowledge of system compliance to these specifications, as well as any exceptions.
4.4. Inclusive Installation - All equipment and installation material required to fulfill the
specifications of this document shall be furnished and installed whether or not
specifically enumerated in these specifications. The installation will be handled as a
turnkey project, inclusive of delivery, installation, review, testing and written
acceptance of all equipment from the planning phase to system implementation.
4.5. Installation & Preparation Responsibility - Installation of all equipment, conduit,
wiring, and any necessary cabling and/or trenching shall be the total responsibility of
the Vendor. The Vendor will have total responsibility for system compatibility and
successful performance. The Vendor will verify that existing equipment room
facilities and dispatch areas are sufficient for the proposed system. Any PSAP room
preparation and/or modifications must be clearly outlined in the proposal submitted.
4.6. NENA Equipment Standards - It is the intent of MARC to meet or exceed the
National Emergency Number Association Generic Standards for E9-1-1 PSAP
Equipment, as revised, relating to the Vendors proposed system. Vendor shall cite
knowledge of system compliance to these specifications, as well as any exceptions.
4.7. No single point of failure shall render the system non-functional. A distributed
processor architecture shall be used so as to meet the performance demanded by an
E9-1-1 environment. Every module shall function independently of the others. There
should be no situation in which a processing bottleneck could occur. Each call-
processing module shall be equipped with a dedicated MF receiver to avoid delays in
decoding ANI. Systems that force incoming calls to wait for an available MF receiver
before presenting the call will be given secondary consideration.
4.8. ALI requests shall be made immediately after ANI has been decoded. Systems that
wait for the calltaker to go off-hook before sending requests for ALI will be given
4.9. Processing power shall be distributed among the E9-1-1 controller modules. There
will be no central controlling module, and all modules shall function independently.
Each line interface/call-processing module will serve one trunk, one calltaker
position, and one transfer position. The state of a line interface/call-processing
module shall have no effect on the performance of another. Hardware redundancy and
automatic switchover shall be provided on the various modules where appropriate.
Modules that provide communication to external devices such as ALI databases,
administrative ports, and ANI/ALI display equipment shall be configured with
redundancy and shall operate independently. One module shall operate in an active
mode. The other standby module shall automatically become functional upon failure
of the primary module.
4.10. All power supplies shall be redundant and distributed. A power related fault on an
E9-1-1 controller module should not effect the power supplied to other modules. It
shall not be necessary to power down the controller in order to replace modules. It
shall be possible to remove redundant modules that are in standby mode without any
interruption in service. All redundant modules shall be easily accessible.
4.11. Equipment must provide an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for a minimum of 20
minutes run time to provide full operation of the E9-1-1 equipment being supplied at
4.12. The Vendor shall provide documented Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) ratings
of the E9-1-1 equipment and discuss the MTBF development standard, as well as
support of alternative routing.
4.13. The E9-1-1 controller shall support a minimum of the current number of trunks in
operation at each PSAP. A minimum of two additional trunks must be supported
without requiring software or hardware upgrades other than the additional line
interface/call processing cards.
4.14. Systems must display a navigatable geographic map display based on address and
location coordinates provided from the PSAP's current ALI.
4.15. Systems must integrate within current PSAP environments including but not limited
to: Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management System (RMS), Logging
Recorder, Selective Router (SR), ALI Database and Controller.
4.16. Systems must have the capability to interface with multiple Telephone Company ALI
remote databases for wire-line and wireless providers, as well as future connections
such as ACN.
4.17. Systems must have the ability to integrate Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
technologies as an adjunct component to the system.
4.18. Systems must generate the base map display automatically. Map data will be
provided by customer in an ESRI format.
4.19. Systems must be capable of generating a map display from manually entered
coordinates or address.
4.20. Systems must provide for redundancy in regards to data storage and distribution.
4.21. Systems must be easily accessed by personnel with a moderate amount of technical
5. Specific E9-1-1 CPE Requirements
5.1. The E9-1-1 controller shall be equipped to perform voice transfers directly within the
unit, or alternatively at a tandem central office. Voice transfers may be either speed
or manually dialed. Once transfer connection is established, the equipment will allow
an any party disconnect or a three-party voice conference.
5.2. All types of lines, including E-9-1-1, seven-digit emergency, administrative lines and
ring down circuits will be capable of termination.
5.3. Each calltaker answering position display equipment transfer button shall be
programmable with up to four telephone numbers to the same destination.
5.4. The E9-1-1 controller system shall provide analog connections and start signals for
channel bank recorders and call check conversation recorders. The start signal should
be activated when the calltaker goes off hook, and deactivate when the call is
5.5. Three alarm levels will be generated in response to abnormal occurrences requiring
the attention of maintenance or supervising personnel: Minor, Major, Critical
5.6. A remote maintenance interface shall provide for diagnostic maintenance capability
defined as “The ability to locally and/or remotely allow interaction with the E9-1-1
controller for diagnostics and maintenance issues.”
5.7. A maintenance printer interface shall drive a printer to provide hard copy of system
5.8. An automatic call detail record (ACDR) printer shall be provided, and shall provide a
print-out every time a call is released. The information contained in each ACDR
includes: The caller’s ANI and ALI, Incoming Trunk, Calltaker Answering Position,
Transferred Destination, Date, time(s) of the various connect, disconnect and transfer
events and other particulars relating to the call
5.9. A time and date stamp automatically printed every hour
5.10. The ability to replace the ACDR printer with an IBM-compatible PC in order to
automatically update a database of call detail records shall be provided.
5.11. Management Information System
5.11.1. In order to assess usage, allocate resources and identify abuses, a Management
Information System is required. This Management Information System must be
capable of monitoring all lines within the system, including E-9-1-1, seven-digit
emergency, administrative lines and ring down circuits. The system shall be
capable of producing various duty shift reports, as well as a daily report.
5.11.2. The proposed system shall incorporate the E9-1-1 call data records for valuable
and accessible analysis of system performance.
5.11.3. The proposed system shall interface the E9-1-1 call records and telephone
information into a PC (personal computer) for efficient storage, search, and
retrieval of vitally important data.
5.11.4. The proposed MIS system shall provide PSAP Managers with the ability to
customize reports using a variety of user defined criteria, and provide the
following features; Provide a total of calls answered per position, Monitor trunk
usage for system performance, Average call ringing and call handling time per
position, Display call statistics on a real time basis, Retrieve and display call
detail data on demand, Store ALI call information, Provide database
5.11.5. The proposed MIS system shall feed a regional database with basic call volume
and distribution data that is accessible by MARC.
5.12. E9-1-1 Controller
5.12.1. 9-1-1 controller shall support dedicated redundant data links to the designated
ALI database provider. A request to the database shall be made as soon as call
ANI is received. The E9-1-1 controller shall compare the telephone number
returned with the ALI to the original ANI sent by the CO, ensuring that caller
ALI is matched with ANI. If the received ALI is unclear or incomplete, a
calltaker must be able to command the system to repeat the request to the
5.12.2. The Vendor shall describe the standard telephone button configuration and
expansion capability. The design shall be modular to allow for future expansion
beyond present requirements. All line buttons shall be programmable.
5.12.3. An add-on feature providing the possibility of establishing a supervised
conference consisting of internal and/or external parties shall be provided.
5.12.4. An emergency queue shall be provided to ensure that all incoming emergency
calls are answered in the order in which they are received.
5.12.5. Last number redial under operator control shall be provided.
5.13. Speed Dialing
5.13.1. A speed-dial feature allowing two-digit code access to 100 speed dial numbers
shall be provided. Speed-dial numbers shall consist of up to 16 digits per
number. The speed-dial feature shall be user-programmable only under
administrator level access.
5.13.2. Speed dialing shall be capable of performing primary and secondary dialing for
dialing, transfers, conferences, and other functions, such as, long distance
access, card numbers, pin access.
5.13.3. Call-takers shall have the ability to search the speed dial library for a given
entry by typing the first few letters of the entry.
5.13.4. Speed dialing shall support the ability to dial alphanumerically, in example, 1
800 CALL ATT.
5.13.5. Speed dial access shall be available by either a simple mouse click, keyboard
entry, or a combination of both
5.14. The volume of the ringer may be lowered to a preset minimum, muted or increased at
calltaker discretion and will automatically revert to its default level at a specified
elapsed time period.
5.15. The possibility of muting the transmit side of the handset shall be provided, or in the
alternative some method of notifying a supervisory person by way of a Supervisor
Alert, Silent Monitor, and/or Break-In feature shall be provided.
5.16. The ability to transmit a ring on a ring-down line shall be provided. The ability to
cause a momentary disconnect on an emergency line shall be provided as well.
5.17. The ability to use the telephone console handset/headset with radio systems under the
control of the answering position equipment shall be provided.
5.18. The ability to record all communications occurring at the console shall be provided.
The E9-1-1 customer premises system design shall provide access leads for
connections to customer-provided voice recorders currently in use at each PSAP site.
It is desirable that the customer premise system designs proposed include recall
recorder capability for each answering position. The ability of the recall recorder to
play and record simultaneously such that an operator may review a previous call
while recording a current call is desirable. Start, stop, forward, reverse control feature
5.19. All console equipment must be available in both desktop and panel mount
configurations, with the exceptions of computer cases, keyboards, monitors and
peripherals. Appropriate cabling, connectors and all hardware necessary for the
installation and maintenance of the equipment shall be provided.
5.20. The system shall have the ability to display the ANI/ALI data on a number of types of
screens. These shall vary from LCD type screens to PC based SVGA type display
screens. Up to 20 (twenty) digit ANI display capability, two 10 (ten) digit ANI
display capability, telephone company identification display, Phase I and Phase II
Wireless display capability are requirements of customer premise system being
sought. The basic display type shall provide the ability to review the last ten ANI/ALI
5.21. The answering position consoles shall be programmable to provide single-button
transfer of voice to other emergency response type agencies. The system shall provide
up to sixteen (16) single-button tandem transfers, and up to sixty-four (64) tandem
transfers with the use of an additional alternate type button.
5.22. The CPE shall provide the ability to manually request ALI data.
5.23. The caller ID of calls received over administrative lines shall be displayed on the
corresponding answering position’s console. Due to space limitations, the ANI of the
Caller ID feature shall be displayed in the same “ANI screen” as that of an Enhanced
5.24. The above named interfaces (E9-1-1 and Caller ID) shall accumulate all of the
information required to generate enhanced call records (timing, transfers, ANI/ALI,
etc.) and print to a single “Call Records” device.
5.25. Intelligent Workstations (IWS) and Automatic Call Distribution (ACD)
5.25.1. The ANI/ALI controller must be capable of providing intelligent call
distribution of 9-1-1 trunks and administrative lines. The ACD must route the
call that has been waiting the longest to the first available operator.
5.25.2. The answering position shall allow the operator to place up to eight (8) 9-1-1
calls on hold. To assist in retrieving the proper call, operators shall be presented
with a list of calls on hold, showing the ANI, the ESN, the trunk number, the
time and date at which each call was placed on hold. Operators shall also have
the capability of retrieving 9-1-1 calls that have been placed on hold at another
5.25.3. The ANI/ALI controller shall store the ANI/ALI information while the call is on
hold hence avoiding repetition of the ALI request.
5.25.4. The IWS shall allow calltakers to have on-screen access to all telephone
features and shall not require a physical telephone instrument. All standard
telephone functions must be available via the Intelligent Workstation. At a
minimum these shall include: Pickup an incoming call, Hold, hold-indicator,
Release, Cancel, Transfer/Conference, Dial/Last Number Redial, Initiate an
outbound call, Retrieve a held call,
5.25.5. The call queue indicators should show the following types of information:
Number of calls in queue, The time the oldest call has been in queue, The trunk
number or line number of the incoming call, Line status, i.e. ringing, off-hook,
5.25.6. The IWS must have the ability to show all trunks and lines associated with each
individual queue. This should be a secondary window, access by the mouse
and/or keyboard. All lines should be accessible to other calltakers after the
initial answering of a call. This should allow for both silent monitoring and
barge-in type features.
5.25.7. Vendor shall describe current on-screen access functions and planned future
upgrades depicting additional functionality.
5.25.8. The IWS should be able to offer a great deal of flexibility to provide automatic
ANI/ALI information, including supplemental ALI database functions. This
feature shall allow the calltaker/administrator to modify the ALI information
without affecting the original ANI/ALI data record. Calltakers should have the
ability to share this data with other calltaker positions.
5.25.9. Administrators should have the capability to review data entered and to accept
or reject the information as part of the local systems supplemental information
file. Up to twenty (20) digit ANI display capability, two ten (10) digit
capability, Telco ID display, Phase I wireless display capability are
requirements of the CPE being requested.
5.25.10. The IWS shall provide the ability to program buttons to allow for “point and
click” access to frequently used features and commands such as fast coding,
deferred dispatch and print, on demand.
5.25.11. The IWS shall be able to provide a PSAP supervisor with a second-by-second
account of all of the activity pertaining to a specific call. Critical information
such as time of call, elapsed ring time, and transfers executed should be
available for review and documentation. Every sequence of events should be
time stamped and marked with the calltaker’s identification.
5.25.12. The CPE shall have the ability to interface directly by hot-key with the language
interpreter service provider.
5.25.13. The IWS shall offer the supervisors and PSAP managers a package of data
handling tools to allow the viewing of the center’s activity in real-time, and the
capability of filtering and viewing data, in a variety of formats, including active
calls, abandoned calls, view incidents by type or by ANI/ALI information.
Multiple filters must be able to be combined to view information in detail to
provide for improved analysis capabilities.
5.25.14. The IWS shall support a local database that provides the calltaker with
immediate access to stored information related to a specific ALI record. Such
information may include building access, hazard warnings, hazardous material
information, etc. This function shall be performed automatically by the CPE,
and will be indicated to the calltaker by a predetermined indicator.
5.25.15. The IWS, through LAN/WAN, modem or internet connections, shall allow
access to external database. These shall be accessed through terminal emulation-
type protocols. Examples include ALERTS/NCIC 2000 interface requirements.
All system testing and documentation will be the responsibility of the successful
5.25.16. The IWS should be programmable to recommend primary transfer destinations
based upon the type of incident. The calltaker should have the ability to send
various types of data, such as ANI/ALI or supplemental ALI. The CPE shall
allow the data to be transferred simultaneously to multiple locations, in a variety
of communication modes to contact faxes, other IWSs, and remote printers.
5.25.17. The IWS shall provide the ability to transfer information, such as addresses or
coordinates to mapping system software with graphical display capability.
(ANI, ALI, Mapped ALI, CAD Mapping). All system testing and
documentation shall be the responsibility of the successful Vendor.
5.25.18. The IWS hardware shall provide for a minimum of fully digital ANI/ALI
telephone switch utilizing a minimum 17" color monitor ANI/ALI display,
Pentium II based CPU of >650 MHz 183 MB Ram, 12 GB hard drive with
multi-tasking capability, with a minimum operating system equal to, or greater
than, Window NT 4.0 for the operator position, and digital telephone
instruments. All equipment must comply with any and all applicable FCC
regulations, Part 68, Part 15, subpart J. All equipment must meet industry
standards (i.e. UL listing, FCC, IEEE). CPE must provide for agency specific
protocol for interfaces to future or existing CAD systems. Modem interface
capability under NCIC 2000 protocol to ALERTS database must also be
5.26. Remote ALI Printers
5.26.1. The Remote ALI print interface is required to allow the primary PSAP to
forward ANI and ALI information along with originating PSAP location and
position information to a remote location.
5.26.2. The remote ALI print interface shall access any secondary PSAP by dialing up
to 15 digits on a standard class “C” dial-up line, either loop start or ground start.
5.26.3. In the event of simultaneous remote ALI print requests, the Remote Print
Interface shall buffer and process up to 5 additional requests.
5.27. TDD Capability
5.27.1. All CPE shall provide an integrated TDD detector for all lines that should detect
both Baudot and ASCII protocols. The CPE should allow the calltaker to
communicate by using the keyboard and/or pre-programmed messages.
5.27.2. The system shall provide management with the capability to configure and
script the predefined messages based on the incident type, such as, but not
limited to, POLICE, FIRE, and EMS.
5.27.3. The system shall provide the ability to assign predefined messages to “hot
keys”, i.e., F1 through F12, or a CTRL key combination.
5.27.4. The system shall provide a single window for transmitted and received TDD
characters, and a separate window for available predefined messages.
5.27.5. The system shall provide the ability to dump the text of a TDD conversation to a
5.28. PSAP Time Synchronization Package
5.28.1. The system shall provide a PSAP Time Synchronization package for the
purposes of coordinating system-wide timing among the various 9-1-1 systems
and support systems within the PSAP, eliminating inconsistent time records.
Ideally this Time Synchronization Package will provide the means for the
Enhanced 9-1-1 system, Computer Aided Dispatch system, 24 hour logging
recorder, display clock(s) and various other systems to operate on the “same”
5.28.2. The Master Clock shall receive time from the U.S. national Institute of
Standards and Technology Radio Station WWVB and provide legally traceable
time to the E-9-1-1 system, Computer Aided Dispatch System, 24 Hour logging
recorder, and display clock.
5.28.3. The RS-232, RS-485 and IRIG time codes generated by the clock will be in the
formats required by each PSAP's Voice Logging Recorder, Computer Aided
Dispatch, ANI/ALI Controller and Radio Console.
5.28.4. The clock will have a display of hours, minutes and seconds. It will be capable
of displaying 24-hour time.
5.28.5. The clock will automatically adjust for Daylight Saving Time, Leap Second and
have time zone offset from UTC (Universal Coordinated Time).
5.28.6. The clock will be configurable to mount in a standard 19” EIA rack.
6.1. A secure remote maintenance and diagnostic capability shall be provided by the CPE.
The E9-1-1 controller shall be capable of receiving and originating calls to the
6.2. The statistics accumulated by the internal maintenance program shall be remotely
accessed at will to analyze the overall system performance. Failure/maintenance
reports will be provided to MARC 9-1-1 staff as requested.
6.3. The system shall automatically disable any faulty unit(s) and ensure all systems
functions and features are still in operation.
6.4. Due to the critical nature of emergency communications, the vendor must be prepared
and able to provide on-site service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The vendor shall provide in detail their response to calls for emergency service.
6.5. The successful vendor must maintain a full maintenance facility located within the
geographic boundaries of the Kansas City regional 9-1-1 system jurisdiction with
sufficient numbers of appropriately manufacturer trained and certified maintenance
personnel available. Vendors must maintain an adequate supply of spare parts at each
PSAP and in the Kansas City region to meet the requirements of this document.
6.5.1. The maintenance provider shall provide documents certifying their system
maintenance and follow-up service personnel to be manufacturer trained and
certified on the system to be installed. The bidder shall include the names,
training records, experience in servicing the proposed equipment, years of
experience in trouble-shooting telecommunications networks, systems and
devices, and primary function of the proposed personnel who will be providing
maintenance and follow on services.
6.6. The starting time for reported failure shall be notification of vendor service office
documented by the 9-1-1 PSAP site. Starting time does not preclude authorized
service personnel from providing a more rapid response when readily available. If
there is no response after two (2) calendar days of a 9-1-1 PSAP site documented
request for warranty or maintenance service on fixed site equipment and systems
from an authorized service center, the 9-1-1 PSAP site or MARC may contract with
an alternate source. Charges for parts, shipping, handling and labor shall be borne by
6.7. The Vendor shall offer a variety of maintenance service plans including:
6.7.1. Normal Maintenance - is considered as those problems that do not affect the
overall performance of the system, but still require attention. The Vendor shall
provide response times to the PSAP under Normal Maintenance. Vendors must
define their maximum response time in parameters. Minimum response
requirement for qualifying bid responses is four (4) hours, during industry
normal business hours.
6.7.2. Critical Maintenance – is defined as any problem that jeopardizes or degrades
the overall performance of the system. Vendors must define their maximum
response time parameters. The minimum response requirement for qualifying
bid responses is two (2) hours, on a twenty-four (24) hour basis, to include
weekends and holidays. The areas covered under Critical Maintenance are:
Network, Connectivity, ANI & ALI Controllers, Electronic sets & telephone
controller equipment, Continuous printers, and Display terminals, etc.
6.7.3. The vendor shall be responsible for scheduling and coordinating work in such a
manner as to provide timely response to notification for maintenance/repair. The
vendor shall also be responsible for providing each 9-1-1 PSAP site with
methods of contacting representatives of the authorized repair facility. The
vendor, MARC and the 9-1-1 PSAP site understand and agree that a breach of a
service contract concerning response to, and completion of, system service in a
timely manner will impact 9-1-1 PSAP site operations. All parties further agree
that such impact cannot be accurately measured or that ascertainment will be
difficult. Therefore, the parties agree that for each and every hour the service
and/or equipment, or any portion thereof, in inoperable or malfunctioning, that
vendor shall pay to MARC the following monetary amounts.
6.7.4. Total Hours of Reported Failure Damages per Hour
188.8.131.52. Over 4 hours on Normal Maintenance - One percent (1%) of entire system
monthly maintenance cost per four hours
184.108.40.206. Over 2 hours on Critical Maintenance – Two percent (2%) of entire
system monthly maintenance cost per two hours
220.127.116.11. The amounts will be cumulative, but will not exceed the total system
monthly maintenance cost. Neither the Vendor nor the 9-1-1 PSAP site
shall be liable when delays arise out of a cause beyond their control, and
without the fault or negligence of either party. Such causes may include,
but are not restricted to, acts of God or governmental action. In any event,
the party who has been affected by an excusable delay shall immediately
give notice of such occurrence to the other party.
6.7.5. All service shall be performed with the system fully operational. The system
shall not be rendered inoperable for the purpose of routine maintenance, system
software upgrades or hardware additions.
6.7.6. MARC expects to contract long-term with Vendor for maintenance services.
Detail any and all known costs anticipated, including software licensing costs
and version upgrades.
6.8. The vendor shall be responsible for all contacts and coordination with the proper
telephone company, including 9-1-1 service provider, concerning maintenance and
installation of all telephone company maintained circuits and equipment.
6.8.1. The vendor shall be responsible for the notification of the responsible telephone
company for repairs that must be initiated by the telephone company for trunk,
circuit, or other similar failures. The vendor shall be responsible for the
resolution of all repairs and trouble issues with the responsible telephone
company. The vendor shall report to the PSAP when trouble calls have been
directed to the Telephone Company and what actions are being taken by the
vendor and the Telephone Company to resolve the problems.
6.8.2. If the vendor directs, in error, a trouble call to the Telephone Company, and
Telephone Company charges apply, the vendor shall be responsible for these
6.8.3. The vendor shall describe in detail, how it will interact with the 9-1-1 service
provider in order to identify and correct problems with telephone service or the
6.8.4. If the 9-1-1 CPE is purchased through a distributor, such as the 9-1-1 service
provider, MARC will always have access to the original equipment
manufacturer and will have standing as a customer of that manufacturer.
7.1. Vendor shall provide detailed warranty information with response. On each item
offered, the following information shall be indicated: Exact period of warranty, Any
special extended warranty offered, Any special hours emergency service is offered,
General statement of warranty policy.
7.2. Manufacturer Original Warranties shall be provided on all equipment. Any
exceptions should be noted and explained.
7.3. Warranties submitted with the proposal response shall be in lieu of all other
warranties, expressed or implied. MARC shall not assume any warranty or liability on
the Vendor’s behalf unless made and agreed to in writing by both parties.
7.4. Vendor shall warrant the proposed CPE and all components shall be made from new
manufactured parts and materials.
7.5. All system equipment and parts shall be guaranteed for a minimum period of two (2)
years against defects in design, materials, and workmanship. The warranty period
shall begin upon final acceptance of the system, or when placed into active service by
the 9-1-1 PSAP site. The warranty shall cover parts, labor, travel, and all other
expenses. The Vendor shall warrant and further guarantee that all equipment
furnished shall be of good workmanship, new materials and functionally designed.
The equipment shall be operable for the proposed use by the 9-1-1 PSAP site.
7.6. Warranty of all system equipment shall be the sole responsibility of the vendor
responding to this RFP. The warranty for fixed site equipment and systems shall be
all-inclusive of twenty-four (24) hours each and every day during the initial warranty
period, and as required after the warranty period and during the maintenance period.
The vendor shall provide technicians who know the products well, and are trained
specifically for the equipment and systems, holding factory certification for installed
equipment and who can respond to fixed sites within the required time if failure to
equipment has not otherwise been repaired.
7.7. The Vendor shall provide on-site service by a technician certified for the failed
system equipment within two (2) hours, or less of notification of a failure that has not
otherwise been repaired.
7.8. In the event any component part of equipment or materials furnished under these
specifications or its subsequent contract(s) becomes defective by reason of material or
workmanship during said period, and 9-1-1 PSAP site or MARC immediately notifies
vendor of such defect, vendor shall at no expense to MARC or the 9-1-1 PSAP site,
repair or replace equipment or component with new equipment or component.
7.9. Computer components shall be replaced at thirty-six (36) or forty-eight (48) months.
Define costs to replace equipment, including expected personnel costs. Also provide a
preliminary implementation schedule.
7.10. Software components shall be replaced as new software versions are released for
mainstream distribution. Define costs to replace and/or upgrade software, including
expected personnel costs. Also provide a preliminary implementation schedule.
7.11. The initial warranty should take effect the day the system is accepted by MARC. This
warranty should include specifics on the type of support, what assistance will be
offered, and the time frame of the warranty. Final payment shall be made only after
successful implementation at each specified site including all facets of the project
(software installation, training, etc.) Additionally, the Vendor should provide a quote
for a maintenance agreement that takes effect after the initial warranty has expired.
During the period of initial warranty, the Vendor shall be obligated to respond to and
correct any reported problems with the entire system.
7.12. The Vendor shall describe in detail, software maintenance and support programs
available after expiration of the warranty. The Vendor shall provide an itemized
summary of all proposed maintenance for each PSAP installation, which specifies
each item, individual model numbers and the associated maintenance time period and
costs for each component or item. MARC is requesting an annual renewal option for
a minimum of five (5) year maintenance period. Other options will be considered.
This shall include how software problems will be resolved, terms of the support and
maintenance, and hours of coverage.
7.13. The Vendor shall describe its proposed software solution update or upgrade policy.
Specifically, the Vendor shall describe what updates or upgrades are provided with
the maintenance plan and how many updates are provided annually. The Vendor
shall also describe its approach to migration support from one release to another, and
the historical cost information associated with the migration.
7.14. The selected System Vendor must provide 24 hour a day, 365 days per year support
for the entire system throughout the implementation phase and beyond, as long as this
system is in place. The Vendor must provide detail of policies that deal with problem
escalation for phone support and/or on-site support. Such as: in what period of time a
Vendor representative must arrive on-site to provide assistance after notification of a
problem, and what safety measures/problem resolution techniques are in place should
the system problem(s) not be corrected in a specified time period.
7.15. Vendor shall provide all policies and procedures for third party software applications
that agencies may desire to have reside on the individual workstations, or on the
server if applicable. Software such as Mapped ALI, Computer Aided Dispatch
(CAD), ALERTS/NCIC 2000, Emergency Medical Dispatch, Fire Services Dispatch,
Law Enforcement Dispatch and other vertical applications pertinent to the provision
of emergency dispatch services are examples that may be requested. All system
testing and documentation will be the responsibility of the Vendor selected for
8. System Documentation / Manuals
8.1. The vendor shall furnish each PSAP and MARC two (2) complete bound system
equipment manuals upon completion of the system installation. This manual should
include the following:
8.1.1. A complete instructions manual for all equipment in the system.
8.1.2. Instructions for the determination of trouble reporting, including all trouble
report telephone numbers
8.1.3. A complete schematics and parts lists for all equipment in the system
8.1.4. A complete and detailed system schematic showing the actual system “as
8.1.5. All system equipment interconnect wiring shall be clearly marked and
documented so that any individual interconnecting wire may be readily
8.1.6. A complete description of the nature and scope of training functions for
PSAP(s) personnel and managers or supervisors must be provided.
9.1. Bidder shall detail the training requirements associated with the implementation of
the system. All training course content will be subject to review and approval by
MARC. Video taping by MARC staff will be allowed.
9.2. Satisfactory training will take place prior to cutover date. User operator training will
be provided by the Vendor for proficiency of use of equipment not more than two
weeks prior to cutover date or as customer personnel dictates. Any deficiencies found
in the training of the calltaker will require the deficient calltaker to participate in
additional training until satisfactory performance is demonstrated.
9.3. Vendor provided training shall include:
9.3.1. General calltaker training prior to conversion
9.3.2. Supervisor training
9.3.3. Software training on all aspects of the programmable equipment and services
provided by the successful response to this RFP at the request of MARC.
9.4. Training must be on premise at PSAP, or other MARC-designated location
9.5. The Vendor will provide training to selected PSAP personnel and MARC 9-1-1
Program Staff. Vendors response will establish the length, type, and location of
training to be provided.
9.6. The vendor will supply a fully functional portable demonstration CPE unit for use in
the MARC training program.
10. Removal of Existing Equipment - Vendor shall be responsible for coordinating its
installation schedule with the existing CPE provider to insure timely and coordinated
removal of existing CPE.
11. Proposed Implementation Schedule
11.1. Responding vendor shall provide a proposed implementation schedule for the
installation of the new equipment. Implementation proposal shall include the order of
PSAPs and must be completed and accepted not later than March, 2002.
11.2. Vendor’s implementation plan shall explain how existing equipment will be replaced
without interrupting current 9-1-1 services.
12. Delivery & Installation
12.1. The equipment shall be delivered to its proper location and installed by the vendor
without addition cost or expense to the MARC 9-1-1 Program or local agency, and at
the convenience and direction of the MARC 9-1-1 staff. The equipment shall not be
considered accepted until the equipment has been installed and is operating in
accordance with all specifications outlined in this document and any related contract.
12.2. The equipment installation shall be accomplished with minimum interruption to the
normal business operation of the local 9-1-1 agency.
12.3. The Vendor shall assume full responsibility for supervision of the work irrespective
of the amount of work sublet, and shall give the work the attention necessary to
facilitate and assure completion in accordance with the terms of the contract.
12.4. All work shall comply with the applicable national, state and local codes and
12.5. The Vendor is responsible, at all times, to observe and comply with all applicable
laws, and shall protect and indemnify MARC and its representatives against all
claims and liabilities arising from, or based on, Vendor or Vendor-employee
13. New Equipment Inventory
13.1. Upon completion of each site installation, Contractor shall provide to MARC a
complete inventory of all installed equipment. Inventory should include physical
description of each piece of equipment and all pertinent serial numbers.
13.2. Inventory should be provided in an electronic spreadsheet format, equal or similar to
14.1. This section identifies the deliverable goods, testing and acceptance requirements for
the E9-1-1 Project. Requires physical acceptance of each installation of hardware and
software at every PSAP
14.1.1. Hardware - The hardware required for this project will be predicated upon the
Vendor's solution. Requires individual testing and acceptance of all required
14.1.2. Software - The software will be installed and setup by the Vendor. Requires
individual testing and acceptance of all required project applications.
14.1.3. Training -Vendor will be required to provide on-site training to PSAP personnel
and MARC 9-1-1 Program staff prior to implementation.
14.1.4. Maintenance and Warranty - Requires the delivery of Vendor's maintenance and
warranty service information, software license records, and any associated serial
15. Proposal Requirements
15.1. Proposal Responses
15.1.1. Proposals must address each section listed in this document. It will not be
acceptable to rely solely on descriptive or marketing material. Each point by
point response from the bidder must indicate Understood, Comply, Non-
Comply, or Comply with Exception with an appropriate supporting response.
15.1.2. Responses for each section should be described in detail including the sequence
and timeline, who will be involved, how the information will be gathered, and
what the result will be.
15.1.3. Time lines for each section as proposed by the Vendor must meet the Schedule
Outline identified in this document.
15.1.4. The Vendor must identify a timeline in which MARC will review and refine the
work plan and implementation methodology, as appropriate
15.1.5. The Vendor must identify significant phases within the timeline in which
progress reports will be given to the MARC 9-1-1 Manager.
15.1.6. Vendors shall complete, sign, and submit with the proposal, prior to the
deadline for proposals, the proposal certification statement, which is an
attachment to this RFP.
15.1.7. The contractor shall assign a principal staff member to complete this project,
and MARC shall have the right of final approval before this staff member can
be reassigned, prior to completion of this project.
15.1.8. A letter from the manufacturer that it will support the proposed equipment for a
minimum of seven (7) years from purchase date will be required with bid
15.1.9. The selected Vendor shall agree that any news releases pertaining to the RFP or
the project to which it relates will not be made without prior written approval
from and coordination with MARC 9-1-1 staff.
15.2. Experience of Vendor
15.2.1. Vendors interested in submitting a proposal shall provide a list of qualifications
of the Vendor and/or the staff of the Vendor’s organization who would be
involved in the project and a description of previous experience in developing,
installing and implementing a region wide or multi-PSAP project.
15.2.2. Vendors shall provide three references from similar projects (include name,
address, telephone number, a description of the project to which the reference
relates, and date the project was completed).
15.2.3. Vendors must include a written statement giving MARC the right to investigate
the references and past performance of any Vendor, sub-contractor or their
employees, with respect to its successful performance of similar services,
compliance with the RFP and contractual obligations, and its lawful payment of
suppliers, sub-contractors, and workers.
15.3. Cost Proposal - This section is intended to provide itemized costs for the E9-1-1
Project. Vendors interested in submitting a proposal shall provide an outline that
shows how the Vendor plans to address the development, installation, and
implementation of and budget for this plan. Include all projected costs associated
with this project. Estimated bid prices are not acceptable. Vendors are responsible for
all costs incurred in the development and submission of their proposals. Please
provide detailed costs by line items listed below:
15.3.1. Any software licensing fees
15.3.2. Hardware costs
15.3.3. Site preparation
15.3.4. MARC specific requirements
15.3.5. Hourly change order rates
15.3.6. Maintenance costs
15.3.7. Annual maintenance / support cost
15.3.8. Other costs, such as travel; and Training
15.3.9. Total contract price
15.3.10. Rates for additional professional service - If it should become necessary for
MARC to request the vendor to render any additional services to either
supplement the services requested in this RFP or to perform additional work as
a result of this RFP, then such additional work shall be performed only if set
forth in an addendum to the contract between MARC and the firm. Any such
additional work agreed to between MARC and the firm shall be performed at
the same rates set forth in the schedule of fees and expenses included in the
15.4. Lease Option - In addition to itemized total system costs, vendor shall provide pricing
options for a three year fixed term lease, including all maintenance costs; and a five
year fixed term lease, including maintenance costs. The lease quotes will include all
costs associated with use of the equipment and software during the term, installation
and removal. The proposal will specify whether there are any ownership rights
transferred to MARC.
16. TERMS AND CONDITIONS
16.1. Pre-Proposal Conference - A conference for firms interested in submitting proposals
will be held on May 16, 2001 at 9:00 a.m., at the MARC offices, 600 Broadway,
Suite 300, Kansas City, Missouri. Both verbal and written questions will be accepted
during the conference.
16.2. Site Visits - On site inspections will be at the Vendor's discretion. However, failure
to conduct a site survey shall not excuse errors in bidding. It is strongly suggested
that all vendors make a site visit to each PSAP prior to preparation and submission of
responses. All such site visits will be coordinated by the MARC 9-1-1 staff in
cooperation with the PSAP Manager.
16.3. Coordination with 9-1-1 Service Provider - The successful Vendor will be responsible
for making all necessary contacts and arrangements with the 9-1-1 Service Provider,
9-1-1 Database Provider, voice recording equipment providers, computer aided
dispatch equipment providers, radio communications equipment providers, etc. After
the site is installed and is in operation, the successful vendor will be responsible for
resolving any conflicts that may arise with any service provider with regard to the
relationship between Vendors equipment and the telephone service provider or
ancillary equipment provider.
16.4. Pilot Project Option - Within 60 days from the date the bid is awarded, at MARC's
discretion, a Pilot Project will begin at the PSAPs designated by MARC. The Pilot
Project will include the installation of all applicable software and hardware necessary
to implement the proposed Phase II compatible E9-1-1 system. The Pilot Project will
include all applicable training for PSAP personnel. Successful completion of this
Pilot will be immediately followed by the region wide implementation of the chosen
solution, based upon the implementation schedule approved by MARC.
16.4.1. The selected PSAPs for this Pilot Project are as follows:
18.104.22.168. Overland Park Police Department
22.214.171.124. Kansas City Police Department
16.4.2. Should MARC deem the Pilot unsuccessful, it shall result in the immediate
voidance of any further contractual obligations between MARC and the Vendor
to continue with the proposed implementation in the remaining PSAPS. This
shall also result in MARC returning to received bids for re-evaluation, and the
selection of the next highest ranked Vendor to complete a Pilot with their
solution. This process shall be followed until at such time a Vendor completes a
successful Pilot, or there are no alternate Vendors remaining. MARC will incur
all associated costs of the successful pilot project. MARC and the unsuccessful
Vendor will equally share costs associated with an unsuccessful pilot project.
16.5. Use of Sub-Contractor
16.5.1. MARC will allow for the use of a sub-contractor to perform such duties and
obligations, pursuant to the resulting contract, that may be delegated to it by the
selected Vendor. However, MARC will have prior approval for all sub-
contractors used to fulfill this contract with regard to experience, skills,
impartiality, etc. The selected Vendor agrees that any work completed by the
sub-contractor, employees, or agents of the sub-contractor in order to meet the
obligations of the selected Vendor does not negate the selected Vendor’s
responsibilities as set forth within the resulting contract.
16.5.2. The selected Vendor will remain solely responsible for performance of its
obligations under the resulting contract. MARC will look solely to the selected
Vendor for performance of the resulting contract and be without liability to any
sub-contractor, agents or employees of the sub-contractor that the selected
Vendor may hire. Payment under the terms of the resulting contract will be
made directly to the selected Vendor. The sub-contractor, agent, or employee of
sub-contractor shall have no right to payment from MARC, or any agency
participating in the Kansas City regional 9-1-1 system.
16.6. Oral Presentations - Due to the magnitude and scope of this project, those Vendors
who have been scored by MARC's evaluation committee in the top percentile of the
proposals received, will be required to give an oral presentation to the evaluation
committee. This presentation shall include a specific outline of the Vendor's
proposed implementation process. The costs associated with this presentation will be
at the Vendor's expense. If the Vendor should choose to invite the evaluation
committee for a site inspection, the associated costs for those site visits will be at the
16.7. Acceptance of Bid Terms - MARC reserves the right to accept or reject any and all
proposals; to add or delete proposal items and/or quantities; to amend the RFP; to
waive any minor irregularities, informalities, or failure to conform to the RFP; to
extend the deadline for submitting proposals; to postpone award on contract for up to
30 days without impact to the delivery deadline; and to reject, for good cause and
without liability therefore, any and all proposals and upon finding that doing so is in
the public interest, to cancel the procurement at any time prior to contract execution.
16.8. The contents of the bid (including persons specified to implement the project) of the
successful Vendor will become contractual obligations if acquisition action ensues.
Failure of the successful Vendor to accept these obligations in a contract, purchase
document, delivery order or similar acquisition instrument may result in cancellation
of the award and such Vendor may be removed from future solicitations
16.9. Delivery must be completed on or before the date indicated in the bid. If this date is
not met, through no fault of MARC, MARC may elect to cancel the award and make
the award to the next most advantageous bidder.
16.10. Withdrawal of Proposals - Prior to the deadline for proposals, any proposal may be
modified or withdrawn by notice to the MARC 9-1-1 Manager at the place designated
for receipt of proposals. Such notice will be in writing over the signature of the
Vendor, and shall be delivered on or before the deadline.
16.11. MARC shall not permit any proposal to be modified once the sealed proposal has
been publicly opened at the proposal opening. Modifications proposed after the
proposal opening will not be considered. No responsibility shall attach a MARC
employee for the premature opening of a proposal not properly addressed and
identified in accordance with the proposal documents.
16.12. When discrepancies occur between words and figures, the words shall govern.
16.13. Award of Contract - The award will be made to that Vendor whose bid will be the
most advantageous to the Kansas City regional 9-1-1 system as determined by the
MARC evaluation committee, price and other factors considered.
16.14. Disclosure of Proposal - After contract award, a summary of total price information
for all submissions will be available to those Vendors participating in this RFP.
Except for a summary of total prices, costs and price information provided in the
proposal will be held in confidence and will not be revealed or discussed with
competitors except as provided by Kansas and Missouri Statutes. If a proposal
contains any information that the Vendor does not want disclosed to the public or
used by MARC for any purpose other than evaluation of the offer, each sheet of such
information must be marked with the following legend: "This information shall not
be disclosed outside MARC or be duplicated, used, or disclosed in whole or in part
for any purpose other than to evaluate the proposal; provided, that if a contract is
awarded to this Vendor, or as a result of, or in connection with the submission of such
information, MARC shall have the right to duplicate, use, or disclose this information
to the extent provided in the contract and in accordance with Kansas and Missouri
Statutes. This restriction does not limit MARC's right to use information contained
herein if obtained from another source.”
16.15. Bid Cancellation - MARC reserves the right to cancel this Request for Proposal any
time, without penalty.
16.16. Ownership of Contract Products / Services - Bids upon established opening time,
become the property of MARC. All products / services produced in response to the
contract resulting from this request for bid will be the sole property of MARC, unless
otherwise noted in the request for proposal. The contents of the successful Vendor's
bid will become contractual obligations.
16.17. Incurring Costs - MARC, and agencies participating in the Kansas City regional 9-1-1
system are not liable for any cost incurred by Vendors prior to the issuance of a
legally executed contract or procurement document. No property interest, of any
nature shall occur until a contract is awarded and signed by all concerned parties.
16.18. Non-discrimination - The Vendor shall comply with all state and federal laws, rules
and regulations involving non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion,
national origin, age, disability or gender.
16.19. News Releases - News releases pertaining to this request for proposal shall NOT be
made prior to the execution of a contract without prior written approval from MARC
16.20. Availability of Funds - Financial obligations of agencies participating in the Kansas
City regional 9-1-1 system for continued maintenance, upgrades and warranties, after
the implementation of the Phase II compatible E9-1-1 system, are contingent upon
funds for that purpose being received, appropriated, budgeted and otherwise made
available by participating counties. In the event funds are not appropriated, any
resulting contract will become null and void, without penalty to MARC, or any
participating agency. If all but one county meets its financial obligations under this
project, the contract can be modified to reflect exclusion of that county, without
affecting remaining provisions of the contract.
16.21. Indemnification - To the extent authorized by law, the contractor shall indemnify,
save and hold harmless MARC, participating agencies, its employees and agents,
against any and all claims, damages, liability and court awards including costs,
expenses, and attorney fees incurred as a result of any act or omission by the
contractor or its employees, agents, subcontractors, or assignees pursuant to the terms
of the contract resulting from this request for proposal.
16.22. Inquiries - Questions regarding the information contained in this Request for
Proposals must be submitted to Greg Ballentine, 9-1-1 Manager, not later than July 2,
2001 at 12:00 p.m. All questions must be submitted in writing (including email or
fax), and received by the specified date and time. Mr. Ballentine may be contacted at
the 600 Broadway, 300 Rivergate Center, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Email:
Gregb@marc.org . Phone: (816) 474-4240 ext. 221. Fax: (816) 421-7758. A copy of
the questions and responses will be sent via e-mail to all firms that were sent a copy
of this RFP. Firms wishing a hard copy to follow the e-mail response must
specifically request such a response.
16.23. Deadline for Proposal - To be considered, one (1) original and ten (10) copies of your
sealed, written proposal must be postmarked or delivered not later than July 2, 2001
at 12:00 p.m., to the following: Mid-America Regional Council 9-1-1, Attn: Greg
Ballentine, 9-1-1 Manager, 600 Broadway, 300 Rivergate Center, Kansas City,
Missouri 64105. No facsimile (fax) transmitted proposals will be accepted.
Proposals received after the time specified will not be given further consideration.
An official authorized to bind the Vendor to its provisions must sign proposals. The
proposal must remain valid for at least 120 days after the deadline date for proposals.
17. EVALUATION PROCESS
17.1. MARC reserves the right to seek clarification of proposals. Vendors shall designate a
contact person and telephone number for questions that may arise during the proposal
17.2. The evaluation committee will be comprised of the MARC 9-1-1 Manager and a team
of local communications professionals as selected by MARC. The Evaluation
Committee will review each proposal to determine if it is complete and that it is
accurate in its calculation and consistent with the technical approach and work plan.
Any proposal, which does not meet the necessary criteria, or for which a fixed dollar
amount cannot be precisely determined, will be considered non-responsive and may
17.3. The highest scoring Vendors will be required at their own expense, to make a formal
presentation of their proposal, which must include an outline and overview of their
implementation process and schedule. The committee will make a recommendation
to the 9-1-1 Coordinating Committee, who will tentatively select a Vendor, and direct
MARC 9-1-1 staff to enter into contract negotiations with the Vendor.
17.4. The tentative selection of a Vendor will be announced to the selected Vendor by
telephone and in writing, and to the non-selected Vendors in writing.
17.5. During contract negotiations, MARC may require additional information it deems
necessary to clarify the approach and understanding of the requested services. Any
changes agreed upon during the contract negotiations will become part of the final
contract. If MARC is unable to reach agreement with the first choice, discussion
shall be terminated and negotiation will begin with another choice.
17.6. Appeals concerning contract award must be delivered to MARC in writing within 14
days of the selection announcement. Appeals must specify grounds upon which the
appeal is based. The MARC 9-1-1 Manager will review the appeal, and contact all
parties involved within forty-five calendar days of receipt of the appeal.
17.7. MARC reserves the right to reject any and all proposals received as a result of this
RFP, and to cancel this solicitation if doing so would be in the public interest.
MARC reserves the right to accept a proposal or proposals in whole or in part. A
Vendor will be held to the terms submitted in its proposal, but may be required to
reduce costs depending upon services that MARC may determine to be unnecessary
or for which MARC decides to assume responsibility.
17.8. MARC reserves the right to reject any proposal of any Vendor who previously failed
to perform to the satisfaction of MARC, or any participating agency, or complete on
time agreements of similar nature, or to reject the proposal of a Vendor who is not in
a position to perform such an agreement satisfactorily as deemed by MARC.
17.9. Evaluation Criteria
17.9.1. The overall approach to the project as identified in the Vendor's work plan.
17.9.2. Overall Vendor qualifications including specific qualifications of personnel to
be assigned to this project and the quality of the firms support personnel
available for technical consultation.
17.9.3. The number of successful installations for an E9-1-1 System.
17.9.4. Additional consideration may be given for successful installation of Phase II
compatible E9-1-1 systems.
17.9.5. Completeness of responsiveness to project requirements.
17.9.6. Completeness of responsiveness to documentation requirements.
17.9.7. Completeness of responsiveness to testing requirements.
17.9.8. The adequacy of the work plan including the number of personnel assigned to
complete work plan tasks, time frames for completion and the logical sequence
of tasks to be performed.
17.9.9. The information gathered by the Evaluation Committee from references and
other information available to the Committee.
126.96.36.199. System Feasibility, concept and suitability 25%
188.8.131.52. System Maintenance Plan 20 %
184.108.40.206. Product functionality 25%
220.127.116.11. Reference checks and/or demonstrations 5%
18.104.22.168. Flexibility, ease of modification or change, and the ability to configure the
system without custom programming 15%
22.214.171.124. System costs 10%
17.10. If two proposals receive the same score during the evaluation process, the proposal
with the least cost will be selected.
18. BUDGET AND PAYMENTS
18.1. The cost estimates for this project shall be in two (2) phases. Costs estimates for the
Pilot Project shall be detailed separately from the Vendor's cost analysis for the
region wide implementation.
18.2. Cost estimates for major work tasks related to this project should include all the
relevant cost information of the project as proposed. Present a project budget that
includes personnel expenses, materials and services, and any subcontractor costs that
comprise the total cost proposal.
18.3. Payment for any contract entered into as a result of this RFP will be made as
negotiated with the selected Vendor, upon receipt the Vendor’s billing statement, and
according to a delivery schedule described in the contract. The delivery schedule will
be based upon the value of work completed at a given time, less 20%, which will be
held until satisfactory completion of the contract. The Vendor’s billing statement
must include a summary of progress made through the date of billing. Acceptance for
final payment will be based upon the selected Vendor’s performance in meeting the
19. SCHEDULE OUTLINE
Issuance of RFP May 1, 2001
Pre-proposal Conference May 16, 2001
Proposal due not later than 12 p.m. CST June 4, 2001
Negotiate Contract August 2, 2001
Award Contract September 3, 2001
Pilot Project begins October 12, 2001
Region wide System fully implemented March 31, 2002
MID-AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
E9-1-1 EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE
****THIS PAGE MUST BE COMPLETED, SIGNED AND RETURNED*****
PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE
FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN PROPOSAL REJECTION
PROPOSAL CERTIFICATION STATEMENT
Our/my proposal, of which this statement is a part, identifies fees and compensation for the
services identified in the Request for Proposals for a Phase II Compatible E9-1-1 System for the
Kansas City Regional 9-1-1 system area as administered through the Mid-America Regional
Council (MARC). Our/my proposal also provides a schedule for the project, which either meets
or exceeds MARC’s requirements for completion.
The undersigned hereby: a) acknowledges he/she has read and understands all requirements and
specifications of this request for proposals; b) agrees to all requirements, specifications, terms,
and conditions contained in this request for proposals; and c) offers and agrees to perform the
services with the staffing identified for the fees and compensation stated within the proposed
The undersigned hereby agrees:
1. To comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended; and
2. To comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, which makes it
unlawful for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or to
discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or
privileges of employment because of the individual's race, color, religion, sex or national
origin, among other provisions; and
3. To comply with Public Law 101-336, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which
makes it unlawful to discriminate against persons with disabilities in employment, state and
local governmental services, public accommodations, transportation and communications; and
4. To comply with Section 503, Public Law 93-112, 29 U.S.C. 793, which requires affirmative
action to employ and advance in employment qualified handicapped individuals, among other
5. To comply with 29 U.S.C. Section 623, 29 U.S.C. Section 30, and 29 U.S.C. Section 631, as
amended, which makes it unlawful for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or discharge any
individual or to discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, terms,
conditions, or privileges of employment because the individual is at least 40 but less than 70
years of age, among other provisions; and
6. To comply with 42 U.S.C. 2011 and 2012, which require affirmative action to employ and
advance in employment qualified special disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era as
defined, among other provisions.
The undersigned hereby warrants:
1. That it is willing and able to comply with State of Kansas and State of Missouri laws with
respect to foreign (non-state of Kansas/Missouri) corporations; and
2. That it is willing and able to obtain an errors and omissions insurance policy providing a
prudent amount of coverage for the willful or negligent acts, or omissions of any officers,
employees or agents thereof; and
3. That all information provided by it in connection with this proposal is true and accurate.
_________________________ By: __________________________
Company Name Typed or Printed Name
City State Zip Telephone
Date Authorized Signature
BIDDER PRICE RESPONSE FORM:
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL 9-1-1 SYSTEM
E9-1-1 RFP PACKAGE
Provide details on an additional sheets, if necessary.
I. PSAP equipment Price “Not to Exceed”;
(Equipment and Labor; total installed purchase price) ___________________
** Show components included and individual item prices on additional sheet.
On-Site Service/Maintenance Contract
Year 1 Warranty
Year 2 Warranty
Year 3 ___________________
Year 4 ___________________
Year 5 ___________________
Software Maintenance Contract
Year 1 Warranty
Year 2 Warranty
Year 3 ___________________
Year 4 ___________________
Year 5 ___________________
*NOTE: All installation charges are assuming one time turnkey installation under single
BIDDER LEASE PRICE RESPONSE FORM:
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL 9-1-1 SYSTEM
E9-1-1 RFP PACKAGE
Provide details on an additional sheets, if necessary.
Option I. Services including;
Installation Labor and Shipping ___________________
(One Time Non-Recurring)
Monthly lease amount (36 months) ___________________
(System Hardware and Software, Three year Hardware and Software Warranty
Option II. Services including;
Installation Labor and Shipping ___________________
(One Time Non-Recurring)
Monthly lease amount (60 months) ___________________
(System Hardware and Software, Three year Hardware and Software Warranty
Description of any costs not included in purchase price or lease option prices as indicated on the
bidder response forms.
Public Safety Answering Points
PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT Trunks APUs
1 AMR/Medevac Ambulance 3 4
2 Belton Police Department 3 2
3 Blue Springs Police Department 4 4
4 Cass County Sheriff's Office 3 2
5 Clay County Sheriff's Office 3 2
6 Ft. Leavenworth Provost Marshall 4 2
7 Gladstone Public Safety 4 2
8 Grandview Police Department 4 3
9 Harrisonville Police Department 3 3
10 Independence MO Backup 6 6
11 Independence Police Department 9 9
12 Jackson County Sheriff's Office 4 4
13 Johnson County Emergency Communications Center 4 7
14 Johnson County Sheriff's Office 7 6
15 Kansas City KS Backup 12 5
16 Kansas City Missouri Fire Department 10 7
17 Kansas City Missouri Police Department 11 15
18 Kansas City MO Backup 11 7
19 Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office 5 5
20 Leavenworth Police Department 5 5
21 Leawood Police Department 4 4
22 Lee's Summit Fire Department 4 4
23 Lee's Summit Police Department 6 3
24 Lenexa Police Department 4 5
25 Liberty Police Department 4 3
26 MAST 7 7
27 North Kansas City Police Department 4 2
28 Olathe Police Department 8 4
29 Overland Park Police Department 9 7
30 Platte County Sheriff's Office 4 4
31 Pleasant Hill Police Department 3 2
32 Pleasant Valley Police Department 2 2
33 Prairie Village Police Department 4 5
34 Ray County Sheriff's Office 3 2
35 Raymore Police Department 3 2
36 Raytown Police Department 4 3
37 Richmond Police Department 3 2
38 Riverside Dept of Public Safety 3 2
39 Shawnee Police Department 5 3
40 Sugar Creek Police Department 2 2
41 Unified Government of KCK/Wyondotte County 19 11
MARC Portable Training PSAP